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The Cyber-Dating Expert Guide to Cuffing Season

It’s for Cuffing Season – Time to Couple Up

The Fall season is here, the days are getting shorter, and it’s time for “Cuffing Season.”

In case you haven’t heard of Cuffing Season, it’s the time of the year, usually from the beginning of Fall to Valentine’s Day, after summer romances have faded. The weather is cooler, and singles decide to find a significant other to become exclusive in time for the big holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day.

The leaves are falling, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and holiday ornaments are in the stores. It’s “Cuffing Season,” the time when singles desire to couple up, and couples decide to define the relationship (DTR) as exclusive.

Cuffing Season Defined

Urban Dictionary defines ‘Cuffing Season’ as:

“Usually the colder months; i.e. fall or winter, when new relationships start and old relationships turn into engagements. The persons in said relationships are ‘cuffed,’ meaning that they no longer seek non-platonic relationships with others.”

For those who find themselves single, don’t be surprised if an old flame reappears, even if it was someone who had ghosted you and disappeared like a Casper.

During Cuffing Season, you’ll notice singles recycling old text messages on their phones, re-reviewing matches on Tinder, Bumble, and dating apps, with new singles signing up for online dating sites to start or restart a relationship.

5 Ways to Find a New Relationship During Cuffing Season


The change of seasons brings opportunities for a new beginning for many, especially for those who stayed single during the pandemic. With this in mind, use these five strategies as part of your digital dating regime.

  1. Accept party and business invitations and start meeting people IRL.
  2. Send someone an in-app audio message so they can hear the sound of your voice. 
  3. Refresh your mobile and online dating profiles with updated photos and a new bio.
  4. Engage with people you find interesting on social media who state they’re single.
  5. Flirt on Instagram and TikTok, and slide into DM’s on social media channels.

So if you’re looking to kiss someone special under the mistletoe this holiday season, don’t wait until November or December to focus on love.

As a dating and relationship expert and coach, I encourage you to take the covers off your head, go out with a big smile, and be approachable, as it can be an exciting time for love. Sipping hot toddies or hot chocolate by the fireplace is a visual you might want to participate in.

If you need any hand holding, check out our Irresistible Profiles packages to help speed up your search.

Happy Cuffing Season.

Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam. xo

Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She has been helping singles find love on the Internet for over 20 years. Follow @JulieSpira on Twitter and instagram for dating advice and sign up for the Free Digital Flirt newsletter.

Find out how Irresistible Profiles will help you find your dream date during Cuffing Season.

Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.

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